Inspiring Innovation - May Edition

Inspiring Innovation is our monthly roundup of news from Wales’ thriving innovation landscape collated by our Sector Intelligence Team, demonstrating the strength of Wales’ Life Sciences sector and the latest innovations transforming health and social care services.

The Health Foundation launches exciting £2m programme to transform care

Bringing care closer to home is a core priority for health and social care in Wales and the UK. The Health Foundation is embracing the evolving innovation landscape with its new Tech for Better Care funding programme, which focusses on exploring the potential of new technologies that enable care at home and within the community.

Celebrating the sector at the Social Care Accolades 2023

We had a fantastic time at the Social Care Accolades on 25 April organised by Social Care Wales! The event paid tribute to the inspiring work going on across the sector by recognising the dedication and impact of groups, teams and organisations in Wales.

Inspiring Innovation – April Edition

April has seen innovation delivering impact in both North and South Wales. New technologies with long-term potential for enhancing health outcomes on a local and national scale have made this month an exciting one.

Join our team and make an impact as a Non-Executive Director!

We’ve got four vacancies available to join our Board as a Non-Executive Director and help us make Wales a place of choice for health and social care investment. This is a fantastic opportunity to become involved at strategic level in getting life sciences innovation to those who need it.

Inspiring Innovation - March Edition

March has been a busy month for innovation in Wales with several funding opportunities for health and social care, having the potential to improve long-term health outcomes for people across the nation.

New innovation strategy launched for a stronger, fairer and greener Wales

This week we welcome the ambition laid out by Welsh Government as they launch the new Innovation Strategy for Wales. This puts creating a strong, consistent and connected culture of innovation at the forefront of helping to enrich our health and wellbeing, economy and our environment.

Big Data Event

Digital Health Ecosystem Wales and the National Data Resource (NDR) are hosting a Big Data event on 29 March 2023 at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff.  

Inspiring Innovation - February Edition

February has been an exciting time for innovation in Wales, with funding opportunities being granted that have the potential to develop technology that seeks to transform healthcare on a local and national scale.

Inviting industry to support emergency care delivery in Wales

SBRI Centre of Excellence has launched an exciting opportunity for industry to work with the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust (WAST) and Health Boards within Wales. This programme aims to identify and implement innovative solutions that can reduce the unprecedented demand on both ambulances and Urgent & Emergency Care services across Wales.

M-SParc igniting ambition to become first NetZero Science Park by 2030

M-SParc, Wales’ first science park, is tackling climate change and aiming to be the first NetZero Science Park in the UK by 2030. Having already established its carbon footprint over the past year, the roadmap to NetZero is now in place and M-SParc is in the delivery phase. The company has ambitions to lead the way not only regionally but nationally on the rote to NetZero.

First robotic hysterectomy completed in Wales

The first robotic hysterectomy in Wales using the Versius robot has taken place at Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. This is thanks to the implementation of the All-Wales Robotic Assisted Surgery Programme, which has been developed in partnership with Life Sciences Hub Wales, health boards across Wales and the Moondance Cancer Initiative.

Winners announced at the NHS Wales Awards 2022

Life Sciences Hub Wales was delighted to support the event held on 20 October in Cardiff. Nine awards were given to organisations from across Wales for their innovative efforts to ultimately help transform health and care outcomes for people in Wales.

Let’s celebrate! MediWales Innovation Awards 2022

Life Sciences Hub Wales is delighted to be co-delivering the MediWales Innovation Awards 2022, taking place on Thursday 8 December 2022 at the Mercure Holland House Hotel in Cardiff. The prestigious ceremony is now in its seventeenth year and is dedicated to celebrating healthcare innovation.

Remote patient monitoring pilot shortlisted for two prestigious HSJ Awards

A cross-sector collaboration assessing and identifying the impact of remote monitoring technology on patient, care and clinical outcomes has been nominated in the ‘Digitising Patient Care Award’ category at the HSJ Awards and ‘Virtual or Remote Care Initiative of the Year’ category at the HSJ Patient Safety Awards. 

Celebrating innovation in healthcare at the NHS Wales Awards 2022

We are delighted to be supporting the NHS Wales Awards as the event returns to Cardiff on 20 October 2022 as a face-to-face ceremony for the first time in three years. The event aims to acknowledge the extraordinary work and achievements of people and teams working across the NHS in Wales.

New report highlights the exciting impact of the Accelerate programme

Life Sciences Hub Wales has published an exciting Impact Report to celebrate the success of the Accelerate programme. This highlights how Accelerate has supported start-ups and SMEs in accelerating the development and adoption of new technology, products and services in health and social care systems across Wales

Should we allow people access to our sensitive health data?

Should our medical data be shared widely with doctors, patients and medical researchers if it benefits ourselves and others? The third episode of our Healthy Thinking podcast series explores the important ethical questions surrounding big data in healthcare.

Mobile respiratory unit helping the NHS backlog

Respiratory Innovation Wales (RIW) in collaboration with Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board, Hywel Da University Health Board, Life Sciences Hub Wales, Masimo and Fujitsu, have brought together a mobile unit to address the shortfall within community services and provide increased access to respiratory diagnostics.

Celebrating Women in Science and Technology

We are delighted to be supporting an event in a series celebrating women working across life sciences in partnership with Welsh Government, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Industrial liaison Programme.

Accelerating the 3D approach to cell culture

In our latest film to showcase the innovations made possible by the Accelerate programme, we explore a collaboration between Welsh innovators, Copner Biotech, and the Accelerate Healthcare Technology Centre (HTC) that could revolutionise cell culture via computer modelled 3D scaffolding designs.

Going green with health in depth

In partnership with Abercynon-based social enterprise, Cynon Valley Organic Adventures, Cardiff University’s Clinical Innovation Accelerator team are delighted showcase their exciting ‘Green Prescribing’ Accelerate project in our latest video case study.

Winners announced at the MediWales Innovation Awards 2021

Life Sciences Hub Wales was delighted to partner with MediWales to deliver this year’s Innovation Awards. This prestigious event brought together innovation leaders across health, care and industry in Wales to recognise outstanding achievements.

Competition winners set to drive innovations in health and social care

The 2021 winners have now been announced for the inaugural TriTech Institute Health and Social Care Technology Challenge, a competition designed to identify, fund, and support new innovations and ideas that have the power to meet the ever-changing needs of Welsh patients.

New chair appointed for Life Sciences Hub Wales

Dr Chris Martin becomes the new chair of Life Sciences Hub Wales. He succeeds Professor Sir Mansel Aylward who is stepping down from the role of chair but will continue as a non-executive director on the board.

Remote Cardiac Patient Monitoring Pilot launched in Wales

Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board (CTMUHB) and Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board (BCUHB) have teamed up with Huma to pilot the remote monitoring of patients with cardiac issues (heart failure) across Wales via an app in their own homes.  

Highlighting digital healthcare innovation at MediWales Connects 

DHEW is delighted to be supporting the upcoming MediWales Connects conference. The online event is bringing together NHS colleagues from across Wales, local companies, and the wider industry sector to explore the best practice for clinical innovation from 29 March to 1 April 2021.  

Accelerate celebrates International Women's Day

To celebrate International Women's Day, the Accelerate Cross Cutting Themes group invited six inspirational women from within the tech, health and care sector to talk about their experiences.

Second Spread and Scale Academy brings together teams from across Wales

Eleven teams are attending the three-day academy – shortlisted from 38 submissions from 185 people across 27 organisations who submitted their projects to be considered for a place. Applications came from across Wales, including health boards, local authorities and the third sector.

ARCH Innovation Forum opening in 2021

The ARCH Innovation Forum will again open its virtual doors in early 2021 and offers a platform for presenters to engage with a multi-disciplinary panel of experts from academia, NHS, and industry.

Five Non-Executive Directors set to join Life Sciences Hub Wales

Life Sciences Hub Wales has appointed five Non-Executive Directors to join its Board to play a critical role in shaping the organisation’s future strategic direction. The appointments come at an exciting and challenging time for industry, health and social care, where the demand for innovative solutions is greater than ever.

Investment of £20m extends AgorIP project to 2023

The AgorIP Project which has helped the Welsh economy and innovation in west Wales to prosper over the last four years, has been extended to benefit all of Wales, with a total investment of more than £20m.

A Networked Data Lab to be Established in Wales

Public Health Wales, in partnership with the NHS Wales Informatics Service, Swansea University and Social Care Wales have been selected as one of five of The Health Foundation Networked Data Labs. They will receive up to £400,000 over two years to form a community of analysts working on the biggest health and care challenges.

Wales Tech Week – NHS Wales Developer Portal Launch

As part of the very first Wales Tech Week, Digital Health Ecosystem Wales introduces the brand-new beta version of the NHS Wales Developer Portal. It’s designed to make it easier for developers to understand requirements and test prototype solutions for NHS Wales.

PPE experts ensure NHS Wales’ equipment is fit for purpose

As the Covid-19 pandemic sparked unprecedented global demand and competition for personal protective equipment (PPE), a Denbighshire-based protective equipment specialist has leveraged its international supply chains to ensure Wales has access to sources of essential equipment. 

£150,000 awarded for digital solutions in response to Covid-19

Five digital health initiatives have been awarded funding as part of a £150,000 call to action for new and innovative ways to use digital technology in response to coronavirus and beyond. The call to action was coordinated by Digital Health Ecosystem Wales, a collaboration between Life Sciences Hub Wales and the NHS Wales Informatics Service (NWIS).

£150,000 competition for Covid-19 digital solutions – now open!

Welsh Government have announced a new funding competition for digital solutions to help fight Covid-19. The competition is being supported by Digital Health Ecosystem Wales and funding is available for between five and eight projects to rapidly pilot products and solutions.

Accelerate programme: Covid-19 joint statement

The Accelerate programme partners are closely monitoring the Welsh Government advice relating to the Coronavirus, and working to minimise the effect the virus is having on the delivery of the programme.

First Stop Shop for Digital Health Activity in Wales

Digital Health Ecosystem Wales (DHEW) and Technology Enabled Care (TEC) Cymru join forces to bring you a brand-new website helping support and accelerate innovation in digital health technology in Wales.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Statement

Life Sciences Hub Wales continues to closely monitor updates provided by Public Health Wales and Public Health England surrounding COVID-19. 

NHS Wales and ABPI launch new collaborative toolkit

The Association for the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) Cymru Wales has partnered with the Welsh NHS Confederation to launch a new toolkit to promote the pharmaceutical industry and NHS Wales working together for patients.

News Channel for Health Technology launched

This week, in partnership with Business News Wales, we launch a dedicated channel that focusses on industry’s developments across health technology in Wales.    

£50,000 funding awarded at the 2019 Cancer Innovation Challenge

On 28 November, Life Sciences Hub Wales held the first ever Wales Cancer Innovation Challenge. This two-day event, which was attended by over 100 delegates, including representatives from the life sciences industry from across the UK and clinicians from across NHS Wales.

Life Sciences Hub Wales supporting a healthier Wales

Life Sciences Hub Wales are event partners at this year’s Welsh Public Health Conference, which is  taking place on Thursday 17 and Friday 18 October at the International Conference Centre in Newport.

The Spread and Scale Academy - applications now open!

Life Sciences Hub Wales is delighted to announce that applications for The Spread and Scale Academy are now open. The Academy is a unique and innovative programme developed in collaboration with Cardiff and Vale University Health Board and the Bevan Commission.

Addressing Health Inequalities in Wales

Wales has a challenge to address health inequalities – from cradle to the grave – and take action on the social determinants of health. We look at how Wales can make a positive change through policy, education and advocacy.

Digital Innovation in Practice

Around 300 delegates from health, care and industry come together for the second Digital Health and Care Conference Wales 2018, 'Accelerating Digital Change'.